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Youth movie rating: red light

Youth red light

Overwrought nine-tenth-life crisis drama in which even a great cast — Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, and Paul Dano — cannot create a lick of sympathy for the artistic and existential turning points on arty display. Children speak with adult precision and wisdom; grownups don’t say anything tenable at all.
I’m “biast” (pro): like the cast

I’m “biast” (con): hated writer-director Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty

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(My Ratings posts are a quick way for me to share my reaction to a film. This post will be updated if/when I ever write a review. Feel free to discuss the movie in depth in the comments section.)


See also my #WhereAreTheWomen rating of Youth for its representation of girls and women.


red light 2 stars

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Youth (2015)
US/Can release: Dec 04 2015
UK/Ire release: Jan 29 2016

MPAA: rated R for graphic nudity, some sexuality, and language
BBFC: rated 15 (strong language, sex, nudity)

viewed at a private screening with an audience of critics

official site | IMDb | trailer
more reviews: Movie Review Query Engine | Rotten Tomatoes

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  • bronxbee

    just from the ads and an article i read in the NYTimes, i knew this was going to be that kind of movie. seems like Sorrentino is the new Fellini — it’s all about the mens.

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